The green pods are fresh off the tree and the brown pods are the ones to open. I tried opening a few with a big rock, but holy cow is it ever a lot of work.
Here’s a video of a friend trying to open an almond.
It’s been a year since I started the Daily Botanical feature. What a feat of happenstance that the first image was taken in Cuba and now the first image of 2009 was also taken in Cuba.